Monthly Archives: September 2014

USDA Allows Commercialization of Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist™ Corn, Soybean Traits

Farmer voice supports USDA’s action on Enlist

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its decision deregulating Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist corn and soybean traits in the United States, concluding one of the most thorough reviews of a biotech trait in history.

Enlist_Logo_Horz_TagThe Enlist traits are part of the Enlist Weed Control System, a new trait and herbicide technology that will control herbicide-resistant and tough weeds. USDA’s decision applies to the Enlist corn, Enlist soybean and Enlist E3 soybean traits. Enlist E3 soybeans are being developed through a collaboration between MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences.

With the USDA action, the Company now awaits EPA registration of Enlist Duo herbicide, the companion herbicide to the Enlist traits. Approval for Enlist Duo is expected in the near future.

Resistant weeds more than doubled since 2009 and infest approximately 70 million acres of American farmland, challenging farmers’ ability to raise a healthy crop. Farmers in areas with the most severe infestations have had to resort to older, less effective farming practices, compromising their yields and ultimately impacting their ability to contribute to the U.S. food supply and export markets.

“Enlist will help farmers increase their productivity to meet the growing demand for a safe and affordable food supply,” said Tim Hassinger, president, Dow AgroSciences. “We’ve used the latest science and technology to address problem weeds. Enlist will be a very effective solution and we’re pleased to have this technology one step closer to the farmgate.”

U.S. farmers, anxiously awaiting commercial availability for the Enlist Weed Control System, voiced strong support following the USDA decision.

“Tools like Enlist will help me do my job more efficiently and productively,” says Brooks Hurst, a farmer from Tarkio, Mo. “That benefits Americans in two ways: It puts food on our tables, and contributes to a healthy economy.”

Commercial intentions for Enlist in 2015 will be provided after the EPA has issued its decision on Enlist Duo herbicide.

®™ DOW Diamond, Enlist, are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Enlist E3 soybeans are a joint collaboration between Dow AgroSciences and MS Technologies. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist Duo herbicide solution. The information presented here is not an offer for sale. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Watch for Winter Annual Weeds

By Joe Armstrong
Field Scientist, Corn and Soybean Herbicides
Dow AgroSciences

Joe-ArmstrongThe growth cycle of this year’s corn crop is coming to a close, but the threat of weeds is not going away.

As the popularity of no-till production gains momentum and resistant weeds become more common, winter weed growth has increased across the Corn Belt.

chickweed

Chickweed is a common winter annual weed.

The most difficult winter annual weeds include marestail, henbit, purple deadnettle and chickweed. They can start to emerge shortly after harvest. To manage these weeds, growers should scout for them soon after the crop is out of the field and throughout fall.

A high weed density is a good indication your customers should implement a herbicide program in fall to mitigate early season weed competition in spring. For effective control, use a residual herbicide with a fall burndown. A fall application of SureStart® II herbicide will help provide residual weed control in winter and into early spring so fields are clean at planting.

For more information on ways to control weeds year-round, visit GetMoreTime.com or contact your Dow AgroSciences sales representative.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, DMA, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3, FulTime, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. ®Roundup Ready is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC. Always follow IRM, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate herbicides. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your seed representative for the registration status in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co-pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Dow AgroSciences Introduces the Enlist™ Ahead App for the Enlist Weed Control System

New precision tool aids in application planning and resistance management, putting real-time data in growers’ hands

Enlist_Logo_Horz_TagRecently unveiled, the Enlist Ahead app offers growers and applicators vital herbicide application information from a single source. The app, designed for use with the Enlist Weed Control System, is a precision agriculture tool for maximizing weed control performance, managing weed resistance and making responsible applications of Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist system.

“With the Enlist Ahead app, growers and applicators will be able to carry important application data with them as they move from field to field,” says Damon Palmer, commercial leader, Enlist Weed Control System, Dow AgroSciences. “Two key features of the app — the application planner and the Mode of Action Calculator — will help them make informed decisions for their weed control program and herbicide applications, maximizing their herbicide investment and getting the most from the Enlist technology into the future.”

The Enlist Ahead app is part of the Enlist Ahead management resource, which provides technology advancements, management recommendations, training and education. Parts of the app are powered by Crop Management Data Systems (CDMS), a leading provider of software services and agricultural databases.

Planning for a responsible application of Enlist Duo herbicide

The herbicide application planner in the Enlist Ahead appcombines real-time, localized weather data; capabilities to map crop fields and trait technologies; and other important considerations for growers and applicators to review before making a responsible herbicide application.

Users of the Enlist Ahead app can record the application rate, boom height and nozzle selection. Pulling in local environmental conditions from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather station, the app will show wind speed and wind direction. The local weather will continue to update during the application, allowing applicators to make any necessary adjustments based on weather changes.

After the herbicide application details are entered, the app compiles the information and informs the applicator if conditions meet label requirements and best management practices from Dow AgroSciences.

“We can take the app with us and keep up to date on the latest weather so that we know we are applying Enlist Duo in the right conditions,” says Brett Reiss, grower research plot participant.

In the future, the Enlist Ahead app will allow growers and applicators to access information from sensitive-crop registries, which will enable them to locate specialty crops in relation to fields planted with crops using the Enlist system.

“With this app, we’ll give farmers and applicators one tool where they can view all the critical information for a responsible application of Enlist Duo and maximize their weed control performance,” Palmer says.

Manage weed resistance with Mode of Action (MOA) Calculator

Using multiple modes of action helps growers prevent and manage resistant weeds. With the  MOA calculator, growers will select the herbicides they plan to apply to their Enlist crop, including a foundation herbicide and a postemergence application of Enlist Duo. The app will indicate whether the herbicides entered are in different herbicide groups.

Based on the number of modes of action in the products selected, the app also will indicate whether the weed control program entered is good, moderate or poor with regard to resistance management.

Enlist Ahead app keeps additional reference tools within reach

Within the app, growers and applicators will be able to refer to labels of other herbicides in addition to the Product Use Guide for Enlist, tank cleanout practices and label for Enlist Duo. These tools will help growers and applicators make a successful application of Enlist Duo herbicide.

The Enlist Ahead app will be available for download for both iOS and Android tablets once the Enlist system is commercialized. Pending regulatory approvals, Dow AgroSciences expects to launch Enlist corn and soybeans in 2015, followed by Enlist E3 soybeans and Enlist cotton in 2016.

For more information, visit Enlist.com and follow us on Twitter at @EnlistOnline.

With the application planner in the Enlist™ Ahead app, growers and applicators will review important herbicide application considerations before making a responsible application of Enlist Duo™ herbicide. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist system.

With the application planner in the Enlist™ Ahead app, growers and applicators will review important herbicide application considerations before making a responsible application of Enlist Duo™ herbicide. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist system.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, DMA, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3, FulTime, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. ®Roundup Ready is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC. Always follow IRM, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate herbicides. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your seed representative for the registration status in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co-pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Manage Marestail, Winter Annual Weeds with Fall-Applied Herbicides

Marestail is at the top of the list of high-anxiety winter annual weeds that can create problems for soybean crops when it comes time to plant.

Glyphosate-resistant marestail was discovered in the early 2000s and has spread rapidly across fields in the Midwest, says Joe Armstrong, field scientist, Dow AgroSciences. If left unmanaged, marestail can take away vital nutrients and moisture the soybean crop needs during its initial growth stages. Purple deadnettle, henbit and chickweed also are common winter annual weeds.

“You want to control those weeds prior to planting,” Armstrong says. “That way, you aren’t dealing with them at the time of planting and they aren’t interfering with the planter or robbing nutrients from the young crop. They will also be easier to control when they are small.”

SonicFall applications allow for more herbicide options for effective weed management, Armstrong says. There are a few different strategies to control winter annual weeds in the fall. A fall burndown using Durango® DMA® herbicide can control weeds that have emerged or add a residual herbicide, such as Sonic® herbicide or Surveil™ Co-pack soybean herbicide, to a fall weed management program for increased control in the winter and into early spring to mitigate early season competition, Armstrong says.

“Fall burndown or fall residuals, and then spring burndown and a spring residual, can be very valuable,” Armstrong says.

Sonic and Surveil Co-pack offer long-lasting and broad-spectrum weed control so soybeans can get a clean start.

For information on an effective fall herbicide program, visit SonicHerbicide.com.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, DMA, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3, FulTime, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. ®Roundup Ready is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC. Always follow IRM, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate herbicides. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your seed representative for the registration status in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co-pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Dow AgroSciences Launches Updated U.S. Website

U.S. ag site delivers enhanced functionality and design

Dow AgroSciences recently announced the launch of its redesigned U.S. website, dowagro.com/usag. With improved functionality, enhanced design and user-friendly mobile optimization, the Web portal provides a more robust user experience to support the company’s innovative technologies in crop protection, seeds and traits.

“The significant investment in the website is inspired by our mission to deliver the best support for the emerging needs of growers, channel partners and stakeholders in the agriculture industry,” says Susan Carney, marketing communications leader, Dow AgroSciences. “An enhanced user experience and a simpler design make it easier to access some of the resources that visitors seek the most, with fewer clicks.”

One key feature is the Solution Finder, which allows users to search the broad portfolio of products by geography, crop or product category so they can more effectively find crop solutions tailored to their specific requirements. Users also are able to more quickly find product labels, supplemental labels, material safety data sheets (MSDS), data sheets and other technical information. In addition, product information such as state registrations is generated from Greenbook Data Solutions and is autoupdated with the most current information.

A mobile-optimized view of the site generates a faster-loading, on-the-go resource that automatically adjusts to smartphone and tablet screens. The mobile capability features a more condensed product overview and the capability to find product labels and MSDS quickly and efficiently.

Other features include an enhanced media resources section with searchable news releases; enhanced video and photo libraries; and links to product stewardship, technology pipelines and other resources on the corporate Dow AgroSciences site.

You can find the newly designed U.S. website at dowagro.com/usag.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, DMA, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3, FulTime, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. ®Roundup Ready is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC. Always follow IRM, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate herbicides. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your seed representative for the registration status in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co-pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Meeting Challenges with Conservation Management

In our industry, we share the same goals of producing more food on less land while improving soil and water quality, minimizing irrigation needs and decreasing economic risk to producers. That might be considered a tall order for any other industry, but not the agriculture industry.

Our industry does the difficult quickly. Implementing conservation management programs that protect and improve the quality of our soil and water while increasing yield is a production goal that once was considered impossible.

At the start of this adoption process, some may recall hearing growers refer to conservation tillage practices as “farming ugly.” Since then, we’ve all learned that going green can be really attractive — in our fields, in the marketplace and in farmers’ ledgers.

Farming sustainably also increases opportunities to produce food, fuel and fiber on challenging land, thus increasing agricultural production in those countries in greatest need of agricultural and economic development.

With the implementation of conservation tillage practices, we almost immediately started reaping the benefits of increased organic content in our soils, moisture retention and reduced stormwater runoff. On the downside, however, we had to adjust to shifts in pest complexes and changes in the nutrition needs of our crops.

Impacts on environmental sustainability of our land and water and the economic sustainability of our producers are part of evaluating every product we develop.

For example, Dow AgroSciences evaluates every corn hybrid and cotton, canola and soybean variety for water efficiency and subjects every pest treatment to rigorous efficacy and stewardship standards. As a company, Dow AgroSciences consistently brings environmentally responsible products to many segments of the global marketplace.

Nitrogen stabilizer products are among the tools Dow AgroSciences provides to agricultural markets. As a partner of The Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship program, Dow AgroSciences supports environmentally beneficial fertilizer practices. The 4R framework takes an innovative, science-based approach that provides stakeholders with educational tools, advocacy support and implementation recommendations for crop nutrient stewardship.

For the health of our planet and continued farm profitability, we must use the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time, with the right placement.

N-Serve® and Instinct® II nitrogen stabilizers protect one of the crop’s largest input investment, ensuring nitrogen is available longer when and where crops need it most. From a conservation perspective, the products reduce leaching of nitrogen into groundwater and tile lines leading into surface waters and reduced nitrogen loss into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas.

Protecting our land and water may be seen as a noble goal. However, conservation and stewardship of our natural resources are essential to our continued survival, globally. Sustainably intensifying agricultural production is essential to the survival of our industry and the global population. We humbly work our land because we know it is not ours. The land belongs to our children and the generations to follow.

As our population increases, we must not only ensure we maintain the quality of our soil and water but also increase quality so more people can benefit from its use. We could call that “farming beautiful.”

For more information, visit www.DowAgro.com.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, DMA, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3, FulTime, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. ®Roundup Ready is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC. Always follow IRM, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate herbicides. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your seed representative for the registration status in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co-pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Plan for Fall Nitrogen Applications

nitrogen_applicationThe timing, rates and methods of nitrogen applications vary widely across the Corn Belt as weather conditions and soil types differ from field to field. Regardless of conditions or application methods, growers can take steps to get the most out of their fall-applied nitrogen.

Weigh these factors when planning fall fertilizer applications:                    

    1. Understand fertilizer types. Consider using anhydrous ammonia in the fall. Once in the soil, all nitrogen fertilizers convert to nitrate, which is the form of nitrogen that can be lost. Ammonia converts to nitrate more slowly than other forms of nitrogen, and the risk of loss is lower.1
    2. Limit acreage for application. No more than half of planned corn acres should receive nitrogen in the fall. This limits the number of acres at risk while simultaneously balancing the benefits of a fall application with economic and environmental risks.1
    3. Temperature drives timing. Fall nitrogen applications should be based on soil temperature, not calendar date. Wait to apply nitrogen until soil temperatures drop below 50 F. Nitrosomonas bacteria are active until soils reach freezing temperature; however, their activity is greatly reduced once soil temperatures drop below 50 F.2
    4. Use a nitrification inhibitor. Nitrification inhibitors, such as N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizer, slow the conversion of ammonia to nitrate and reduce the risk of nitrogen loss.1 Instinct® II nitrogen stabilizer and N-Serve protect nitrogen in the fall so it is available in the root zone when corn needs it most in spring.

For information on protecting fall-applied nitrogen, visit NitrogenStabilizers.com.

1Scharf, P., and J. Lory. 2006. University of Missouri Extension. Best Management Practices for Nitrogen Fertilizer in Missouri. http://plantsci.missouri.edu/nutrientmanagement/nitrogen/practices.htm
2University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. 2011. Understanding fall nitrogen applications. http://news.aces.illinois.edu/news/understanding-fall-nitrogen-applications

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, DMA, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3, FulTime, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. ®Roundup Ready is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC. Always follow IRM, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate herbicides. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your seed representative for the registration status in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co-pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC